Who knew it could be so easy to legalize medical cannabis? The Argentine Senate just passed a law to legalize the medical treatment across the nation. Advocates of the medical marijuana pulled off the trick in less than two years, which must kind of sting for MMJ-proponents in America, where the fight has been going in since before anyone can remember and doesn’t look to end anytime soon.
Not to take anything away from pro-medical pot activists in Argentina, who surely worked their asses off to accomplish all this. The move to legalize MMJ began in 2015 when roughly 150 families in the country petitioned Argentina’s Congress to be hear about their plights to treat their children who suffer from epilepsy and other illnesses treatable with cannabis, according to news outlet In Serbia.
The families shared their stories with Congress, which actually heard them out. Soon after, the government set up a limited trial run of treating the infirmed children with CBD extract. All the families involved in the study reported an improvement in their children’s conditions. Some said their epileptic seizures stopped completely and many reported that their children were able to stop or reduce their intake of other medications, ones with sometimes serious side-effects.
And then, in the amount of time it takes the U.S. federal government to change their mind about to what degree they want to pursue state-licensed medical marijuana providers, the Argentine government put their MMJ legalization bill through two houses of Congress, sealing the deal with a wide majority vote from the Senate.
The bill even provided a legal way to import CBD oil into the country so that patients could start getting their medicine right away, unlike some U.S. states which have technically legalized medical marijuana, but don’t leave any legal way to actually obtain it.
“We now finally have a legal framework for the use of medical marijuana, which is the research, production and eventual distribution and treatment by the marijuana oil for medicinal purposes,” said Ana García of Medical Cannabis Argentina (Cameda). “There was nothing like this before in our country and it finally took us as mothers and as the organization to make our voices heard.”
That “finally” might sound like rubbing it in to U.S. MMJ patients, but oh well. With the passing of the law, Argentina joins other Latin American nations which have legalized medical cannabis including Chile, Colombia and Uruguay.
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